Since the first satellites were launched in the late 1950's, they have grown and diversified like living organisms. They have begun to colonize a fantastic range of industries and 'ecological niches', which we now recognize as essentially indispensable to our modern way of life. On any given day, you read the weather report, use a cell phone, buy products and services with a credit - ATM card, find your position using GPS, or surf the Internet.

Satellite technology seamlessly, and invisibly, encompasses many of our most common activities.

 

Satellite Factoids....

The global satellite industry is worth $104.6 billion in 2004. [Reference]

There were 37 satellites launched into space in 2004. [Reference]

The heaviest communication satellite, Inmarsat 4F1, tips the scales at 13,138 pounds [Reference]

The most expensive unmanned satellite is the Hubble Space Telescope at $2.5 billion [Reference]

In 2004 there were eight satellites that burned-up in the atmosphere [Reference]

The longest living satelllite is the 28 year old AST-3 still in service in 2000 [Reference]

The most massive satellite launched: Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (15,713 kg) [Reference]

The most power-hungry satellite is NSS-8 requiring 14,000 watts [Reference]

In 2005, there were 3,102 TV programs being broadcast by satellites [Reference]

There are 500,000 VSAT satellite internet users worldwide. [Reference]

There are a total of 367 geosynch-orbit (GEO) satellites operating in space in 2004.[Reference]

Military satellites can see details on Earth's surface only 10-cm (3.9 inches) across.[Reference]